|The Proceedings upon the Bill of Divorce between His Grace the Duke of Norfolke and the Lady Mary Mordant - author unknown. Publication info - London: Matthew Gillyflower and John Barnes, 1700.|
The Duke of Norfolke brought suit against his wife for divorce, and produced witnesses who testified that his wife had joined in adulterous union with Sir John Germaine. These witnesses were foreigners, who had to have translators, but they made it perfectly clear that they had seen Lady Mary in bed with Sir John. The witnesses for the Duchess, on the other hand, were truculent, and showed every sign of being unwilling to testify truthfully...
Keywords: divorce; testimony
|The Whole of the Proceedings in the Arches-Court of Canterbury, in a Cause between the Hon. Mrs. Catherine Weld, Daughter to the Lord Aston and Edward Weld, Esquire, her Husband: Containing, I. Her Libel Exhibited Against Him for Impotency - author unknown. Publication info - London: Printed for E. Rayner, 1732.|
Three years after they were wed, Catherine Weld brought a suit against her husband Edward to dissolve their marriage because he was not able to consummate it. A series of witnesses testified that Edward had told them he was impotent, and three experienced midwives testified that Catherine was a virgin. The judge, however, based his decision to sustain the marriage on the testimony of two doctors who said they had cured Edward and were sure he could have sex...
Keywords: impotence; annulment; testimony
|The Trial of Rebecca Hodges, for Setting Fire to the Ricks of Mr. Samuel Birch, at Ward End, near Birmingham... - author unknown. publication info - Warwick: S. Sharpe, 1818|
Rebecca Hodges, who had previously shot her former employer, Samuel Birch, was convicted of setting fire to three of his hayricks in the middle of the night. The evidence produced included witnesses who reported that Hodges had told them she was going to set fire to Birch's house, and expert testimony on the similarity between pieces of cloth found at the scene of the crime and those found in Hodges' possession at the time of her arrest...
Keywords: arson; expert legal testimony